We’ve heard a lot over the last few years about midstream companies reversing direction on their pipelines as a result of the shale revolution and export invigoration along the nation’s seaports. But for Tulsa-based Explorer Pipeline, its South-to-North corridor serves as a vital artery to flow refined products from the Gulf Coast to growing Midwest markets that rely on Gulf imports. And that’s not changing any time soon.
Explorer operates a 1,830-mile common carrier pipeline that transports gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest. Through connections with other refined petroleum products pipelines, they serve more than 70 major cities in 16 states.
RMR today is following the latest news from Explorer Pipeline, which operates an 1,830-mile common carrier pipeline that transports 660,000 BPD on its southern leg and 450,000 BPD on its northern leg of gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel. The line includes interconnects to more than 70 major cities in 16 states. Explorer recently announced a binding open season that will conclude Mar. 12 to develop a new destination point from Port Arthur to Galena Park, Texas. This follows a previous open season in December to build a new delivery facility and terminal near Melissa, Texas.
Since its inception, Explorer has served many masters eager to transport their fuels from refineries to markets. When the heads of 10 competing companies came together in 1970 looking for a more advantageous means to move their refined products from the Gulf to the Midwest, egos had to be checked at the door and differences put aside. In the end, eight signed on as shareholders. Those founders included Apco Oil, Cities Service, Continental, Gulf Oil, Phillips Petroleum, Shell, Sun Oil and Texaco. Over time, Explorer Pipeline emerged as the surviving company now owned by subsidiaries of Phillips66, Marathon, Sunoco and Shell.
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